POLICE are continuing to search for the owner of an XL bully which killed another dog in a vicious attack in Bridport.

A West Highland Terrier was attacked by a stray dog off Wellfields Drive in Bridport at around 9.44am on Saturday, April 20.

As previously reported, Ollie the West Highland terrier was grabbed by the neck in the "horrific" attack by the banned breed.

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Sadly, the injuries were catastrophic after a large part of Ollie's neck had been ripped out, and it had to be put down by a vet.

The attack dog, which police said was a 'stray', was found by officers and was also taken to a vet. Police are trying to trace the owner.

Since February this year, it has been a criminal offence to own an American XL bully dog without an exemption certificate.

Ollie's owners  - who only wanted to be identified as Ken and Angela - say their dog was 13 years old and had lived with them since he was a puppy.

Ken, 77, was walking Ollie off Wellfields Drive in Bridport when he said the XL bully "appeared out of nowhere".

The dog dashed across the road and grabbed Ollie by his neck.

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A man passing by in his van attempted to help Ken get the XL bully off his dog, and after a struggle they managed to set Ollie free.

Ken also sustained injuries to his hand and arm trying to free his dog.

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: "Enquiries are continuing and we would ask the owner of the stray dog to please get in touch quoting incident number 20:137.

"Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111."